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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Mr. Ma's Unfortunate Cookies


Day 2 (quick note)

After all day meetings on the conference floor, a group of us decided to head out for some Chinese food a block or so away. Most of us were too distracted by hunger to take any meaningful pics (for a Chinese resto this place took ages!).

Grabbing a few quick pulls after the meal outside the resto (yes, there is no smoking inside buildings in Canada except perhaps in your hotel room), the waiter had left some mint chocolates and a couple of fortune cookies.

Now fortune cookies aren't really any tasty, its the usually very off translated messages in a slip of paper inside that make it all fun. Well, true to the tradition (it appears its not just in the States) here's a few that I got ...


"Notre premier et dernier amour ... soi-meme." (French)
That should really read something like "Our first and last love ... oneself".

However, the reverse side read "Our first and last love.. self-love."

Now, that is so wrong on many levels.

Hoping for better luck, I broke open another, which read "Votre dur labeur sera bientot recompense." (French)

This translates roughly to "Your hard labour will be soon reward." and on the reverse it does say "All your hard work will soon pay off."

Alot better given that I was going to dig into my presentation slides later in the evening. However, if you put the bastardized English translations together you get the mess in the word message:

"Our first and last love.. self-love. All your hard work will soon pay off."

Clearly, the fortunes are playing tricks. To make matters worse, if I further took the other two fortunes at the ends of the table a further message would be revealed:

"Nobody does it better than you. Spoil yourself a little."

Has anybody watched the movie "The God's Must Be Crazy"? For a moment there I felt much like Nixao the Wanderer :-p

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